Kishanganj data salvo at Tejas yatra

Patna: The ruling JDU on Monday continued targeting Tejashwi Prasad Yadav’s Samvidhan Bachao Nyay Yatra.

Dal MLC Neeraj Kumar, who had earlier released data related to Katihar and Purnea districts to counter the leader of Opposition’s charges at the government, on Monday furnished data related to development work in Kishanganj and accused the RJD of using the minorities as a vote bank and doing nothing for their uplift.

Calling Tejashwi daagi yuvraj (tainted prince), Neeraj claimed that the RJD’s 15-year regime cannot hold a candle to the work done in Kishanganj district, located 400km east of Patna, in the 12 years of chief minister Nitish Kumar.

“Under Nitish ji‘s watch, Rs 10.6 crore was spent on building boundary walls around graveyards in Kishanganj, while the RJD regime lacked any such programme. Till 2015, around 63,627 students studied in madarsas and 53,457 minority students got scholarships,” Neeraj said.

He dared Tejashwi to at least give details of the work carried out by the RJD in Kishanganj, and said under Nitish 4,07,340 Extremely Backward Class (EBC) students had benefited in the district.

The JDU leader, who is also the spokesperson of his party, said he had earlier sought details of the work from RJD national vice-president Rabri Devi but she had not uttered a word.

Neeraj said: “In 2005-06 (when Nitish came to power), the number of schools and teachers in Kashanganj were 649 and 2,616 respectively. In 2015-16, the number of schools and teachers has gone up to 1,749 and 8,711 respectively. Similarly, the number of school-going children was 1,70,399 in 2005-06, which rose to 4,37,168 in 2015-16.”

Neeraj claimed that in the regime of Nitish, the cases of dacoity dipped to 79 per cent, murder to 2 per cent, rape to 8 per cent, kidnapping for ransom to 20 per cent and highway robbery to 75 per cent.

The JDU leader stressed that construction of 1,878km of roads had been sanctioned in Kishanganj of which 1,584km had been completed. There are also proposals to build 1,067km new roads in the district, he added.

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